The building that houses the Modern Art Collection of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon is to close in August, for about a year and a half to two years.
According to the director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Penelope Curtis, in a statement to Lusa, the building known as the Modern Art Centre is set to close in August, as part of the project to expand the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s garden because of the works in the new Urban Park in Praça de Espanha, but the museum’s Modern Collection will “Continue to be used”.
The new route includes several works shown for the first time at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, some of which have been included in the collection for several years, such as a series of engravings by Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, and others recently, such as the works of João Louro and Eugénia Mussa, which are new acquisitions by that institution.
According to Patrícia Rosas, curator of “Departures and Arrivals – artists on a journey”, the creation of this path “Started a lot from Vieira da Silva’s work”, with a room dedicated only to the painter’s prints, “Which are shown for the first time in the Modern Collection”.
The works included in the course are by “Artists on a journey, but also artists from the diaspora”.
Although Vieira da Silva gave the motto, the work chosen to open the new route was “Hidden Pages, Stolen Bodies”, by António Ole, “Considered the greatest Angolan artist” of today.
The work of António Ole, who works between Lisbon and Luanda, was acquired by the museum in 2015, during an exhibition at Gulbenkian dedicated to him.
The course, which includes 69 works by 31 artists, will be open at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum – Modern Art Collection until the building closes for works.